I See Beyond The Road I’m Driving

Ok…so two days, and one hour late on posting but I come bearing excellent news!

After a VERY long, and VERY expensive journey, I received news today that I have been granted my Partner Visa!!  I think I read, and re-read, the email at least 10 times. It still feels incredibly surreal.

It has taken me a long time to find my person, and the fact that he is half way around the world makes things a little a lot more complicated, but I am incredibly excited…anxious, scared, nervous…to get this chapter of my life started. In just one month we will be able to wake up next to each other, have actual face to face conversations and discussions and won’t have to wait months to see each other any more.  It has taken us over 5 years to get to this point and I can’t wait for February!

So much work has gone into this outcome and there is no possible amount of thanks that is big enough to give those who have given up their time, money and energy into helping us to get this point.  Every single person who has helped us, encouraged us or supported us in anyway, please know that Simon and I will be forever grateful and we thank each and every one of you.

It is real now.  I will be selling my house, shipping what is left of my little life here in Canada and will be moving halfway around the world to small town NSW/Victoria Australia.  I will be leaving my job, my family and my friends here (which I still don’t allow myself to think about because…well, it hurts too much) and will be joining my new Australian family and friends in my new home and at my new (old?!) job.  I cannot express how blessed I am to have so much love in two places. Honestly it is overwhelming and something that I really need to sit with and absorb.

Here’s to new beginnings, no matter how old you are! Now start saving…we’ve got plenty of room for visitors!

~Hugs and Love~

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Eyes Completely Open But Nervous Just The Same

Happy 2017!

Well, it’s the start of a brand new year…a year, in particular, where there is a lot of change ahead for me.

I’m selling my home and condensing my life down to three suitcases, a couple of boxes and three dressers.  All with the goal of moving half way around the world from Canada to Australia.

Big. Change.

I started this blog to document my first trip (and all the consecutive trips) to Australia and am I’m happy that I have kept it as a place to continue to share all the highs and lows of having a long distance relationship and the consequences that come because of it.

With the start of this new year I have decided to put some more effort into this space and use it for a few different topics. I want to talk about the trials of moving around the world for someone, to update friends and family when I do move and I also want it to be a place to share in my experiences as a Canadian in Australia.

With that said, I also want to spend some time writing on lifestyle, food and beauty. It’s not going to be glamorous by any means but with all that is to come there will be change in all those categories for me as well. It will also give me a chance to work my creative side of my brain a bit more which has fast become a goal of mine for 2017.

I’m really looking forward to what is ahead for me, both personally and through this space, and I am grateful to have you along for the ride as well!

~Hugs and Love~

 

It Ain’t No Trick To Get Rich Quick

I woke up this morning with a clear mind and a happy heart and I spent some time thinking back to the time just before I headed out on my current adventure.  I remember wondering why I wasn’t feeling much about it.  Excited yes, but contained excitement and absolutely no nerves…which for me is very VERY strange.  I am quite the introvert and even though I do push my own limits and put myself in uncomfortable situations, in terms of my personality only, not safety, I am often racked with invisible anxiety (I am planning on writing a bit about my internal challenges soon).  Upon reflecting on my previous feelings and how I am currently feeling I understand why I wasn’t nervous…when I landed I felt like I was coming home.  My soul is at peace here.

My first day at work went well and I am very much looking forward to the new challenge and fresh start.  A lot of new information and new routines but a shake up is needed and one of the main reasons I decided to do this!

Today is going to be a day full of meeting new people and making new friends (hopefully!)

Hugs and love

Livin’ In A Land Down Under

G’day!!

Well I made it.  After 30 hours of travel time I arrived safely in my new town, new home and I am happy.  The first day and a half have been busy settling in and getting comfy and now the real work begins.  There is still work left at home to complete and tomorrow at this time I will be on my way to my first day at my new school!  I couldn’t be more excited to get the adventure started!

My flight over was quite uneventful.  I didn’t say more than 4 words to the guy who I sat beside for my Toronto to Vancouver flight and then from my Vancouver to Sydney leg I had the complete opposite…Ken…one of those people who really loves to hear themselves talk…you know, they ask you a question and before you can answer they start commenting?!  Ya.  So I “slept” the entire way…and let me tell you I needed it!  After about 3 hours on the 15 hour flight I feel asleep but only for 3 more hours…leaving about 9 hours of flight to try to get back to sleep.  I woke up again just before landing in Sydney feeling very rough but while waiting in line for customs I got my second wind and was feeling fine getting on my flight to Melbourne.  Simon picked me up at the airport and we made our way to Echuca.

We arrived in Echuca and stopped by the house that I will now be calling home and started to get familiar with my surroundings…Simon took me out for a nice welcome dinner and then it was off for my first sleep back in Australia!

My first full day was spent getting groceries, becoming more familiar with the house and enjoying the weather!  I met a few new people and am looking forward to meeting more!  Today is my second full day and I think it’s starting to sink in that I am in, full on, for one whole year!

Tomorrow is the start of the new school year here for me.  The first few days are without students and will be spent learning the ropes and meeting new people.  Very exciting!

You will find in this post my first ever attempt at vlogging!  I am learning and am hoping to do a once a week vlog including all the fun (or even mundane) things I get up to whilst here.  Be kind as I am learning…as I get more comfortable with the editing software I am hoping to make them a bit more interesting!

I will sign off for now and will promise at least a weekly update!  I am hoping to post Wednesdays and Sundays to keep everyone up to date on the goings on and my adventures!

Off for a run and to enjoy the cooler morning before the heat of the afternoon kicks in!

Hugs and love!

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I have the best friends in the world.  Fact.

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In just under three months I will be on a plane, moving half way across the world to live, and work, for an entire year in Australia.  (For those not in the know, I applied for a teaching exchange and completely lucked out and was placed back in the area I was located almost two years ago.)  When I was applying, I was thinking only of myself.  I missed the country so much and ached for the weather and the views I had fallen in love with so deeply.  I wasn’t putting much thought into anything other than how much I wanted to go back.  I knew I’d be leaving family and friends for a year but it seemed like no big deal…what an idiot I am…

I was reminded today that my adventure is not all about me.  I am leaving behind so many amazing people and so much love.  My life is incredibly blessed with wonderful individuals who I have the honour to call my friends.

I’ve been feeling poorly for quite some time…the longest I can ever remember.  I was out running some errands and when I got home there was a sweet little care package waiting on my doorstep from one of my closest friends and her two little ones.  It was full of everything one would need when sick…soup, magazines and of course a tasty yummy treat…but more importantly it was full of love.

I’m just realizing now how hard being away from my friends will be.  I might not get to see every one of them as much as I wish I could (different careers, living in different cities…etc) but they are always close by.  Not having a girls night in or a Sunday brunch with my favourite people for an entire year is fully setting in.  The last time I went over to Oz I was gone for only six months and my Frister and I couldn’t stop crying when we were reunited….I realize now that my friends will miss me just as much as I will miss them and I feel badly for putting them in that position….but I know that regardless of the miles, and hours, between us they will be held close in my heart and only a Skype call away!

Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported, and tolerated, my craziness for as long as you have known me.  I couldn’t be as adventurous as I am without the safety net of love and support I get from all of you.

Love and huge, HUGE, hugs.

xox

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